Five Top Youth Ministries Books

Five Top Youth Ministries Books

One of our goals at the EDGE BLOG is to provide students and student pastors with resources that will help them grow, bring excitement, offer a sense of hope and renewal, or simply help sustain them through the everyday battles of faith and ministry.

Today, I’m dropping the names of a few books that will help all those who are working in or considering working in student ministry.

This is, by no means, an exhaustive list. It is not necessarily even my personal “Top 5.” I contemplated listing one, two, five, or ten books—or even more. I considered listing the books by category: encouragement, missions, Bible teaching, fun, spiritual growth, etc. But too many books on a single topic would be a bit overwhelming, and to tackle too many areas would also be overwhelming.

There will be more lists and ideas and books to come. But for now, here are some of the “best of the best” when it comes to books dealing with student ministry—books about youth ministry and teenagers for those who are called to love, train, and develop students into mature followers of Christ. In no particular order:

fieldsPurpose Driven Youth Ministry: 9 Essential Foundations for Healthy Growth by Doug Fields

Sdevriesustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn’t Last and What Your Church Can Do About It by Mark DeVries

yaconellibookContemplative Youth Ministry: Practicing the Presence of Jesus by Mark Yaconelli

hurt20.inddHurt 2.0: Inside The World of Today’s Teenagers by Chap Clark

powellSticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids by Kara E. Powell and Chap Clark

Happy Reading!


Craig Tackett

Craig is a daddy, a speaker, a teacher, a worship leader, founder of The Edge Conference, and a sinner saved by grace. After more than 20 years of traveling ministry all over the southeast, Craig is now lead pastor of Nicholasville Baptist Church in Nicholasville, KY. He is also a self proclaimed "foodie" and enjoys cooking for family and friends for any occasion.
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